England (1509-24) halfgroat

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Goldberg sale 87, lot 3068
Great Britain G87-3068r.jpg

This specimen was lot 3068 in Goldberg sale 87 (Los Angeles, September 2015), where it sold for $446.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Halfgroat, ND. Henry VIII, 1509-1547. Canterbury, Archbishop Warham. A lovely portrait of one of England's most famous monarchs on this attractive coin. NGC graded EF-40." This halfgroat, or tuppence, bearing the bust of the king's father, still looks medieval. The groat was introduced in the late middle ages as increased commerce required a larger coin than the silver penny. This specimen is marked "WA" on the reverse, identifying it as a product of the archbishop's mint at Canterbury. The archbishop died in 1532, studiously avoiding involvement in the king's divorce.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: S.2343.


  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 87: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2015.
  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.

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